New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wMm from tho Harold Zoftungl
Hie Mew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Marin Deii MarttoH, Jo Ann Sontttner, Leo Schmidt, Dan*
Clary (37), Matt Write, Jeff Fto-ley (13), Mega* E*k Cantu (4 yean), Writer Fdkrs (85 years), Krystal Fay Guttenrez (belated), I AJan Bhara, Kathy Daley
I (belated) and Oscar Barbola Sr.
I To have a birthday or anniver-I sary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Conte Wmw - 313 cubic feet per record, down 5 from Wedneedey
•bove aaa level. (Above conseivteon
^ Wauteete IMMm
NBU reports pumpinQ 5-876 tvmon gallons of surface water Wednesday, and
tonsil — partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of
showers or thunderstorms. Low
in the mid 70s. Southeast wind 5 I tolOmph. I
Friday — partly cloudy and hot with a less than 20 percent I chance of showers. High in the mid 90s. Southeast wind near 10 mph.
Eatawriari lo non* —Sat-
urday through Monday, morning
clouds becoming mostly sunny J days. A slight chance of showers or thunderstorms Saturday I and Monday. Lows in the 70s.
I Highs in the mid to upper 90s.
County boot ramps mo open
All the county-operated boat ramps on Canyon Lake were
opened last weekend . The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer
ramps will remain dosed
because of high water . Parking
I around the county ramps is I limited.
Oat bpck-to«chool Immunisations now
School will be starting in less I than a month, and children will I need to be immunized prior to
the first day of school The last I two weeks before the begin- I
I ning of a school year is a busy
time for the county public
I health department so get a I jump dart on this. For more
I information, call the county
I health department at 620-5596.
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The League of Women Voters will hold a voters forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Education I Center. For more information,
call Mary Hitch at 609-3275.
In (ha Parti tonight
Heart of Texas Songwriters will perform country music tonight at Lands Park. It’s part
of tie Concert in the Park
aeries and win be offered from 7:30 to 10 pm at the Dance SiaH in Landa Park. Glass containers are prohibited and pets must be on a leash. The series
of concerts ie a bee event.
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pages in two sections ■ Thursday, July 24,1997
Vol. 145, No. 181
iMarket Place ,2-»
■Dear Abby ......................&
Lake businesses recovering
Flood brings negative impact for trade gj||
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Staff Writer Mi
HsrteMteung photo by MtahrelOaiitel
Ha read to Calyon LWmejartrmand
towwed enouBt Ihle wall lo m the md rnaww
with plea bargain
By ABE LEVY
Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer accepted a plea bargain Tuesday from one of the defendants accused of committing simple assault against a
Canyon High School freshman on Ort.
18 last year.
The 18-year-old defendant pled no contest to the class C misdemeanor
ctoBge and was assessed a felt of $2 50
and $32 in court costs.
also docs not dispute the chort » charges, would result in a conviction if no appeal were filed in IO (bys.
The defendant, a tamer vanity football player at Canyon High School, pp?! the fine and has until Friday to pay
the court costs, Boyer said.
The victim decided Tuesday to drop
the charges against two other defendants, who are 16 and 17 years old
and also varsity football players, Boyer said.
The defendant’s attorney, Wade Arledge, and the parents of the victim could not be reached tor comment
All three defendants faced a maximum fine of $500 and no jail tune.
The settlement resolved the last of two reported cases in which two victims alleged they were hazed by CHS
varsity football players with coat hangers, Boyer said.
In April, a CHS junior pled no contest and was convicted of the same charge for a January hazing incident involving a 15-year-old victim.
Municipal Judge David Perkins
assessed the same fine and court costs in thrt case, and the victim also dropped
charges on one other defendant shortly before the case went to trial.
At that time Boyer had said the October incident was more severe than the January hazing report.
Theptmishmenf was the same this week, Boyer said, because the defendant already had been punished by the
school and had graduated this year-“Given all the circumstances of both these episodes and the changes at Canyon High School, I think it s appropriate,” he said. “The important thing is to bring closure to this before the next athletic season begins.”
Reports of hazing spawned a Comte Independent School District investigation earlier this year and resulted in the disciplining of nine students and the suspension of Larry Nowotny, former head football coach and athletic director, with pay for three days.
Nowotny later resigned from his post atter about a five-hour executive session of the CISD trustees. Carl Gustafson replaced Nowotny last month.
CISD officials hired an outside investigator to conduct a dterictwidc study of hazing and launched an autolyzing campaign to include staff briefings and student curriculum.
Police, the dririrt rttomey and county attorney reviewed fh® two hazing reports and concluded feat only a temple assault had taken place* although inidaUy they said they thought sexual assault was involved.
the county boat ramps are “We are battlmg for eve^ -n-ned thing we can get, Wilhelm said.
^Won Lake businesses have “We are probably at about 75 • been flooded with calli from percent. We are usually com-
5?9B5tfthe lake pbriely full three to four days at
was completely shut down. ® time. .... ,.
CANYON LAKE — Recent Boating and swimming are Wilhelm said he is trying s CANYON LAIvr. Keccm \best to lure tourists and farm-
publicity from June’s flooding * aoli ta* . Ues t0 the Canyon Lake area.
Canyon Lake baa had a negative ll *em whnt’s available “
effect on businesses, some resort advises boaters and swi he said. “We tell them about the
and lodge aiders said Wednes- f activities on the Comal River
day. John Wilhelm, partownCT or ^ ^ ^ raft ^
All of the U.S. Army Corps the Ug Cab'ns « Jacote reek (be Guadalupe Rlver -
of Engineers parks have been said he was tryingly fill every t0 l^, Page 2A
closed since the flood. All of caba. he has available
Senior Center | transport fares on the rise
Vets look for new way to get to doctor visits
New fives take effect Aug. I to help the center get control over losses in its transportation department, and veterans say they need a vehicle of their own.
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By ABE LEVY
I Heraid-Zeitung photo by MtoheeiDanw#
Mandv Waiter, #, found an krtaraatinfl ptasa lo are* for bar tuba otAflttar to pick bar faintly up on Owden Str—t Wadnaaday averring.
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New Braunfels school district trustees face at least two obstacles in figuring how much money they can count on to pay for the next school year’s expenses First, the 1997-98 proposed budget has about a $700,000 shortfall largely because of a proposal to
increase salaries across the board, officials said.
It is also because of the creation of IO new high
school personnel, which was approved in March and
several more at district elementary and middle school facilities.
Proposed spending includes a 7.25 percent increase in salaries across the board from the midpoint. That proposal equals about $1.3 million or about $200 a
month for an average teacher.
Moreover, school finance officials are waiting tor the result of a constitutional amendment election Auh. 9 that proposes to increase the homestead exemption for school taxes from $5,000 to $ 15,000.
If the tax proposal passes, it could mean New Braunfels Independent School District would lose $66 million in taxable value, or an estimated SI nu -
lion in revenue, officials said. , conn nm
The state would reimburse only about $200.UUU
through the proposal. , . .____
Lrepte Curtis, assistant superintendent tor business, presented the proposed budget to trustees al a wort.-shop Wednesday at the Education Center.
The proposal, he said, was preliminary and subject to future revisions he planned to make before the next workshop Aug. 5. Trustees then will conduct a public hearing and make a final decision on the proposed budget two days later.
Trustees expressed concern that expenditures would need to be cut and that additional sources of revenue should be found. ,
“My request would be to look at teachers in class-rooms and get nd of the fluff.'' husk* Bene Spain told the board.
The proposed tax rate is $1.50 per $100 valuation, up less than 4 cents from this year.
While trustees indicated they would like to review the salary proposal, Curtis said state-mandated salary minimums may require the proposal to remain near the same amount. Last year, salaries were increased
by about 4 percent, Curtis said.
The proposed budget is $2 million more than last year and calls for $32,035,192 in revenue and
By DAV® DEKUNDER
GARDEN RIDGE — With a wealth of public service expenence behind
him. Mike Castro is more than ready to
take on the reins for die city of Garden
Castro, 34, has been on the job since July 14 as the city’s administrator. He was hired to the position in late June by the Garden Ridge City Council.
On the job for only IO days, Castro
i ate H rn lot. It I* • 90®<* opportunity to com* into rn XoXIch »• moving for-
W*Pd’ _ Mike Castro
Garden Ridge city administrator
age,” Castro said. “I have been inter-
as director of technological services
|re^l!Tir'^0smdm to (tai > .■■■y .TggL-j! 1 "MmaBut'lTllCCDA manager of
1*11 office 'It is a good opportunity ut ^ ^ l<w2. human rewxace. worked w.th Castro
come too a city which is moving for- Uevempoiem mu.while he was at the agency.
ward." ... r^wr. nut he always bad a love for “He is an exceptional worker." Bul-
Castro has been in public admires- Castro saki he always nation for about five year., laving .metered * an early Turn lo AdmWstrtoW, Page 2A
worked for the Auetin Homing And**- I was very imerencu a ___
_ Early voting in the Aug.
9 constitutional amendment election and the NBISD trustee election is taking place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Comal County Courthouse annex (third floor), 150 N. Seguin Stand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.
■ A total of 523 people have voted so far in the NBISD election and 526 people have voted in the special election.
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